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Howard County Student Struck by Car in Baltimore Not Expected to Regain Cognitive Function

Johns Hopkins University sends message to students, faculty and staff at the request of student's family.

The 20-year-old who was struck by a car in February while riding his bicycle on University Parkway in Baltimore is not expected to regain cognitive functions, according to an e-mail sent to students, faculty and staff. 

"We have sad news to report regarding Nathan Krasnopoler, our student who was hit by a car and critically injured on Feb. 26. Nathan's family has informed us that the brain damage that Nathan sustained as a result of the accident appears to be permanent and he is not expected to recover any cognitive function. We are deeply saddened to learn this and ask that everyone join us in keeping Nathan and his family in their thoughts at this very difficult time."

The e-mail, from Nicholas P. Jones, the Benjamin T. Rome dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, was sent at Krasnopoler's family's request, according to the university.

Krasnopoler is from Ellicott City and attended religious services in Columbia, according to the Baltimore Jewish Times.

On Feb. 26 Kransopoler was struck by 83-year-old Jeanette Marie Walke while riding his bike. His family is suing Walke for $10 million. Walke has not been charged in the incident. 

The Krasnoloper family issued a press release Tuesday afternoon detailing Nathan's current condition.

According to the family, they've been told by doctors the brain damage suffered as a result of the accident appears to be permanent. 

"Based on a series of tests, including a very recent MRI, the doctors have no hope for a meaningful recovery," the family said.

linda chiaverini April 06, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Dear Krasnopoler Family, It broke my heart to read this morning what has happened to Nathan. I was one of Nathan's Day Care providers many years ago. My prayers are with you and Nathan as you go through this season in your life. Please know you are in my thoughts!

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